Now that you have finished your introduction and the foundation is laid for the rest of your essay, it is time to get to the part of coursework which is usually seen as the most daunting: that of actually putting together all of your research and understanding into a balanced, well written, perfectly organised, well-argued and solidly supported piece of original text. Trust us, we understand just how much of a challenge this appears to all students. With your effort and the skills you will learn in the following section, this will become a less daunting challenge and will, most likely, become something that you look forward to in the future. If you follow our suggestions, every essay from here on, through university and beyond, will be a less formidable task.
The ‘Main Body’ of your essay is the main structure of your house. It is where you will place and display all of your contents and it is the place where the inhabitant – your reader – is going to spend most of her time. This is where the examiner is going to ‘live’ for a sustained period of time. They want to sit in the chairs, lie in the beds, read the books on the bookshelf, and watch TV. The reader is going to spend a great deal of time evaluating what you write and how you write it. They are going to award marks (or not) depending upon how readily understandable your work is, and how closely you fulfil the criteria outlined in the mark scheme. In a sense, your examiner is the inhabitant of your house, but she is also a building regulations inspector – she will determine whether your construction work meets industry standards. Above all, the examiner wants to feel comfortable in the house that you have built for them – make sure it is.
Don’t worry if you don’t quite understand all of the above, as we go through this unit together, it will become clear what you need to do and how you can do it.
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